3 observations from Clemson football’s third preseason practice

CLEMSON — Clemson football continued its preseason practices Monday at the Allen N. Reeves Football Complex. The Tigers began preseason preparation Friday. Clemson opens the 2023 season Sept. 4 at Duke.

The Tigers stayed in their indoor practice facility thanks to thunderstorms, and media were allowed to observe the first five periods of practice. Here’s what we saw during the media viewing window.

Wide receiver notables

The team tempo period isn’t a depth chart, but it does provide some insight into where players generally stand as the offense actually runs plays against the defense.

Most positions remained the same on offense, but there were two minor moves we noticed. First, Paul Tyson replaced Christopher Vizzina at quarterback with the third-team offense. Second, freshman wide receiver Noble Johnson ran with the third-team offense on Friday but moved up with the second team Monday. He was alongside fellow freshman Tyler Brown and redshirt freshman Cole Turner. Spector had been with the second team in the first practice, but did not participate in the team tempo period while in a no-contact jersey.

The first-team wide receivers remained unchanged: Antonio Williams, Beaux Collins and Adam Randall. Williams nearly had a one-handed grab on a deep ball from Cade Klubnik, but it slipped through his fingers.

Misun Kelley, the two-way player out of Daniel High School, has spent much of his time at wide receiver — at least during the periods media are able to view. Coach Dabo Swinney said in July that Kelley would cross-train but start out at corner. He was with the third-team offense Monday, just as he was Friday.

Injury updates

Wide receivers Brannon Spector and Troy Stellato and cornerback Myles Oliver were seen in yellow no-contact jerseys. Only Spector was new since the Tigers’ first practice on Friday; Oliver and Stellato are recovering from offseason surgeries.

Defensive tackle Tré Williams was in yellow on Friday while he recovers from surgery, but we did not see him at Monday’s practice.

Freshman defensive lineman Stephiylan Green was in a green limited contact jersey, as he was Friday. Cornerback Jeadyn Lukus, who had surgery in the middle of spring practices, was in green for the first time Monday.

NFL scouts on hand

A few NFL teams were represented at Monday’s practice. We saw scouts in Panthers, Ravens, Saints, Rams and Cardinals gear on the sidelines.

The Ravens, Saints and Rams all selected Clemson players in the most recent NFL Draft: linebacker Trenton Simpson went to Baltimore, defensive lineman Bryan Bresee went to New Orleans and tight end Davis Allen went to Los Angeles.

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Christina Long covers the Clemson Tigers for the Greenville News and the USA TODAY Network. You can follow her on Twitter @christinalong00 or email her at clong@greenvillenews.com.

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